Tuesday, February 1, 2011

No Free Lunch--Hydro-Quebec Electric Rates

The following excerpt is from a Bangor Daily News article, Jan. 30, 2011, written by the retiring head of Maine's Public Utilities Commission, Jack Cashman.

"While there is electricity being produced at relatively low cost by Hydro Quebec and other hydropower facilities, Cashman said those companies and producers are not selling the electricity at a low price.

“'Hydro Quebec and NB Power both have ability to produce power at reasonable rates. They also are not philanthropic,'” Cashman said. 'They understand what profit is and sell their power at going rates.'”

There are no cheap sources of power, Cashman concludes.

Except, of course, to conserve and use less.

The full article text is here.

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